I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Live In LA from Rique Pantoja and it’s very enjoyable. Opening with Arpoador, Brazilian piano ace Rique Pantoja sets the pace, joined by Jimmy Earl on bass, Joel Taylor on drums and Cassio Duarte on percussion for a fast paced jam making it difficult to sit still. Ricardo Silveira plays electric guitar with super dexterity adding solid lead runs and contrast. Very cool. Da Baiana is light and breezy with Steve Tavaglione on flute paired with Pantoja on melody. Pantoja takes the first solo with great intensity and Silviera’s guitar work is crisp and fluid, capped by Tavaglione on flute. Morena has a traditional contemporary jazz feel with Tavaglione playing melody on sax. A hot guitar solo by Silviera adds a bit of blues and Pantoja adds solid vocals to this track cementing it’s status as the most likely radio track with it’s memorable melody. Wrapping the release is Pra Lili with it’s inventive styling. Tavaglione on sax has the melodic lead and really does a nice job. Pantoja stretches on piano with tight contributions by Taylor on drums. Circling back Tavaglione rolls a really nice solo of his own and Earl sneaks in with a terrific bass solo as well. Super closer.
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